Dorr Site (18AN19)
This multi-component site represents Late Archaic & Early, Middle and
Late Woodland camps, a Middle Woodland village, and a late 18th- to
early 19th-century house site adjacent to Galloway Creek.
There has been a tremendous amount of work done at this site over the
years, including in the 1940s (Stearns), the 1960s (Archeological
Society of Maryland), 1976 (amateur archaeologists) and 1989 (R. C.
Goodwin & Associates). Hundreds of test units and over 1,000 STPs
have been excavated on this site, for which the boundaries should
probably be extended based on testing.
Paul Cresthull collected over 1000 sherds and numerous other artifacts
from the edges of the sand pits in the area of the site. Based on his
finds, Archeological Society of Maryland members conducted extensive
excavations along this ridge. Several prehistoric features were
recognized and excavated separately during these investigations.
ASM excavators did not observe any "meaningful" stratification of
deposits. In Area B, historic component, the ASM excavators did not
identify any features and excavated this area in arbitrary levels.
Douglas R. Woodward conducted exploratory excavations at the site
between 1963 and 1964. Artifacts recovered through test excavations
include rhyolite and quartz lithic materials, Mockley ware, and
Potomac Creek ware (Woodward 1969). The midden covers an area of
approximately 2,178,000 square feet and reaches a depth of 24 inches.
Faunal remains include deer bones, oyster shells, fresh and
saltwater clam shells, turtle, fish bones, raccoon bones, beaver
bones, and sturgeon bones. No floral remains have been reported.
Phase I shovel testing by R.C. Goodwin & Associates recovered prehistoric
material from the plowzone and from the soils below. They recovered
historic material only from the plowzone. In February 2009, the site was
visited by Lost Towns Project staff, who took photographs.
(Edited from archeological site survey form,
Maryland Historical Trust)